FOREST PRESERVES OF COOK COUNTY ADA 25 CHICAGO COMMITMENT
In recognition of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 2015 and in keeping with the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s Next Century Conservation Plan, the Forest Preserves plans to:
1. Retain a technical advisor to coordinate an internal accessibility working group
2. Convene an external advisory group to guide Forest Preserves efforts to: (i) prioritize facility and site improvements, and (ii) establish accessibility policies and procedures related to all disabilities (as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act).
3. Review all programs for accessibility
4. Train all Forest Preserves staff on accessibility and customer service issues related to disabilities (as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act)
5. Create a consistent process to request reasonable accommodations for any Forest Preserves program—including availability of adaptive equipment.
ABOUT FOREST PRESERVES OF COOK COUNTY
The Forest Preserve District of Cook County, with more than 69,000-acres, is the largest forest preserve district in the United States. It receives an estimated 40 million visits each year, providing an escape into a world teeming with wildlife and rich with outdoor recreation and environmental education opportunities. Within its boundaries are rare habitats that offer plant and animal diversity on par with the rainforests of the world.